John Orbansen at Remembrance Day in Queen Elizabeth II Park, Coolangatta, yesterday.
John Orbansen at Remembrance Day in Queen Elizabeth II Park, Coolangatta, yesterday. John Gass

History made north of border

FOR the first time in history the Tweed Heads and Coolangatta RSL Sub-branch held a Remembrance Day service in Queen Elizabeth II Park on the Queensland side of the border.

Yesterday's service, which attracted about 70 people, was markedly smaller than the Tweed service.

Coolangatta resident and former Airforce member John Orbansen, 87, said he was overjoyed he could finally attend a service on his side of the border in his own time zone.

"It's great. I've been here all my life," Mr Orbansen said.

"We used to go to Tweed but now we've got it here."

Kay Young came to the Coolangatta service after attending the other sub-branch event an hour earlier.

Mrs Young said this year was special to pay tribute to her husband Kevin, who died in April.

"Kevin and I used to mainly come to this one," she said.

"I wasn't planning to come (to the Coolangatta service) but I walked this way."

Canadian Erin Catherwood said it was her first time experiencing Remembrance Day in Australia.

"Both my grandfathers fought in World War II," Ms Catherwood said.

"Remembrance Day back home is the equivalent of ANZAC Day."

 



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